Little Cottonwood Canyon continues to get deeper | Photo Credit: Snowbird | Cover: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

This weekend, we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and with it, the unofficial mid-winter mark for the 2019/2020 ski season.

The winter has been full of ups and downs, powder days and dry spells, but for the most part, this season has seen average to above average snowfall across most of the western United States and Canada. The clear winners thus far continue to include Colorado, Utah, portions of northern Idaho/Montana, British Columbia, and the Canadian Rockies. That said, it’s hard to discount the large amounts of snowfall that’s fallen at places like Jackson Hole and Stevens Pass since the New Year.

According to a recent blog post, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Raymer Snow Plot (9,360′) has seen approximately 122″ of new snow since the clock struck midnight on NYE. That’s over 10 FEET!

In Colorado, Steamboat Resort is leading the league in terms of the larger resorts (Wolf Creek has an 85″ base depth) and they’ve seen a whopping snow total of 190″. When it comes to the Greatest Snow on Earth, Alta/Snowbird have a seen a total of 294″ this far this season.

And let’s not forget about the Southwest. Arizona and New Mexico are also doing very well with ski areas like Taos and Arizona Snowbowl posting triple digit snowfall totals for this year.

Starting today, The Sierra should begin playing catchup as 1-2 feet is currently forecasted for the high elevation surrounding Lake Tahoe. That snow should also affect the majority of the western states with a focus on Utah and the Northern Rockies.


Top 20 Deepest Base Depths In North America [1-15-2020]

Currently buried in the PNW | Photo Credit: Alpental

*Base depths are drawn from the highest available elevation

Alpental, WA – 188″

Mt Baker, WA – 163″

Mt Hood Meadows, OR – 131″

Stevens Pass, WA – 128″

Timberline, OR – 116″

Schweitzer, ID – 114″

Whitefish, MT – 111″

Alta/Snowbird, UT – 107″

Mt Bachelor, OR – 103″

Looking across Rendezvous Bowl | Photo Credit: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Jackson Hole, WY – 91″

Squaw Valley, CA – 89″

Mammoth Mountain, CA – 85″

Wolf Creek, CO – 85″

Grand Targhee, WY – 85″

Solitude, UT – 83″

Alyeska, AK – 73″

First tracks at Steamboat Resort | Photo Credit: Hunter Otterson

Steamboat, CO – 70″

Big Sky, MT – 69″

Park City, UT – 66″

Deer Valley, UT – 60″